Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. An extremely viable alternative to the otherwise monolithic DDR franchise.
  2. Exceed is much more difficult than the standard dance games. The difficulty ranking goes from normal to nightmare and all points in between.
  3. To fans of the genre, it's stellar. It's got just over one hundred songs, each with their own backgroud videos, modes that test both your stamina and your composure, and more of what people have come to expect from dancing games.
  4. The formula remains the same as other rhythm games, but it's enough of a new twist if you're looking to break away from DDR for a while and try something with a slightly different and successful approach to the genre.
  5. Despite the disturbing moniker and somewhat unintuitive front-end, the booty of this beast is a dancing joy. Clearly a step up and to the right from "DDR."
  6. In Andamiro's Pump It Up: Exceed, the first US home edition of a popular Korean dancing series, we're finally presented with a good alternative to DDR.
  7. The new dance pad changes the mechanics of dance games a bit for the better even if it is a bit frustrating at times to keep your bearings while on the mat. Bring a spare shirt too because the action is frenzied and sweat is an assurance.
  8. This won't be a welcome addition for newbies, but if you've breezed through "Bemani," the aggressively challenging Pump It Up: Exceed will reward you. Just be prepared to earn it when you step up. [Oct 2005, p.102]
  9. Walk right past this title and pick up the latest version of "Dance Dance Revolution," for whatever system you like.

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